Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon comes to Birmingham in 2020

Olivier Award-winning musical Sunny Afternoon, depicting the story of The Kinks, lands in Birmingham between December 1-5, 2020

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Hit musical Sunny Afternoon is heading off on another UK tour in 2020, including a short run at Birmingham’s Alexandra Theatre between December 1-5.

Sunny Afternoon tells the story of The Kinks who exploded onto the 60s music scene with a raw, energetic new sound that rocked a nation. Set against the back-drop of a Britain caught mid-swing between the conservative 50s and riotous 60s, Sunny Afternoon charts the euphoric highs and agonising lows of one of Britain’s most iconic bands, and their irresistible music that influenced an entire generation.

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With music and lyrics by Ray Davies, book by Joe Penhall and direction by Edward Hall, experience the faultless musicianship and brilliant songs played live and loud on stage including You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset, Dedicated Follower of Fashion, All Day and All of the Night, Lola, Sunny Afternoon and many more, as the cast of Sunny Afternoon come together in this “Exhilarating” (Financial Times), moving, must-see depiction of one of the greatest rock bands of all time.

Speaking about the hit musical, producer Sonia Friedman said: “I’ve loved this musical from the moment Ray Davies, Joe Penhall, Ed Hall and I started to develop it several years ago and am incredibly excited and proud that we are bringing back our joyous and celebratory Olivier Award-winning Best New Musical.

“For those who missed it the first-time round, UK audiences will have the treat of experiencing it for the very first time or, if you’ve seen it before, you’ll be able to see it again and again! The Kinks helped shape a generation and Ray’s beautifully truthful lyrics and music are as exhilarating and relevant today as the day he wrote them. I’m so happy we will all get a chance to see Sunny Afternoon soon – I’ve missed it in my life.”

Ray Davies also added, “In these times of political uncertainties, it is a relief to know that Sunny Afternoon is on the horizon to lift our spirits”.

Tickets start at just £13 + booking fees, and are on sale right now.

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Richard Franks

Editor and founder of Counteract. Freelance travel and music journalist.